Over the last week I’ve slowly been feeling like I can cope with things better. I’m able to concentrate on things a lot better than I was, which in itself is a huge help; I’ve been able to slowly get back to working on things.
It started with doing a quick edit of a friend’s story. He’s been working on this story on and off for awhile. I got his permission to have at it with editing, which was actually a lot of fun (it’s fun to edit fiction). 🙂 From there, I was able to get back into the editing contract I’m still working on (the whole project is taking much longer than everyone originally thought it would, so everyone is working on it when they have the chance). So that’s been good.
I’ve also gotten back to Memories. As my concentration is returning, I’ve started working a bit more on the characters. I rewrote the dialogue in some of the cut scenes to differentiate some of the characters’ voices (that’s still a work in progress, as I’m dealing with the main characters, but it’s coming along). Then yesterday I worked quite a bit on the more minor characters. Unfortunately the program crashed on me and I lost some of those edits; I took that as a sign that I need to stop working on things for the night. While the dialogue won’t be the same as what I had, I’ll rework it later this week (thank goodness I made some notes on paper!)
So how’s everything going for you?
My friend playtested Memories over the weekend! Overall he liked it (he called it a “nice, heartful story”). 🙂 He found a few mechanical things I needed to fix, like how locked doors would open, display the text “the door is locked” then close (he helped me fix that!) and how the ending was a bit weird because after the credits it said “Game Over;” together we figured out that you could send the game back to the Title instead of using the Game Over command, so I’ve implemented that instead.
He also said he really liked how you get more and more dialogue options with NPCs as you unlock more emotions, so I’m super glad I got some of that implemented before he playtested!
So since then, I’ve been working on implementing more of those dialogue choices. I think I’ve got pretty much everything in place now (there are still a few places where there isn’t a dialogue choice, but I don’t really think they’re needed).
Over the weekend I also noticed a problem with my naming scheme for all the characters. Here are their names again:
When I designed this, I tried to have people who were related to each other have names with the same starting letter. I thought I did a good job of this, but I just noticed that the wizard name (Edric) starts with an E, just like my mother daughter combo of Eireen and Ena! 😦 Unfortunately, these names are kind of ingrained in my head now; I took a look last night and couldn’t find anything else that worked for any of them. So in the end I decided to leave them as is. Whoops!
So now that the dialogue choices are all in place, I need to actually go back and make sure the dialogue works for each character (and that each character actually has their own voice). Once that’s done, I think Memories just needs a better name then it’s pretty much finished! 😲
So how’s your week been? 🙂
So a few days ago I received word from Manawaker about the story I submitted for their Make Your Way anthology. Unfortunately they decided to pass on the story as is; they said it has a good foundation, but needs some work to feel finished. But I was invited to resubmit it if they’re still accepting submissions in the future after giving it some TLC. Sadly I’m way too busy at the moment to edit it, but if they’re still accepting submissions in a few months, I’ll try to give it a go! 🙂
Speaking of being waaaay too busy, next weekend I was invited to take part in a panel discussion hosted by my local university! I’ve never participated in a panel discussion before, so I’m really excited (but honestly a bit nervous about the whole thing). After doing a bit of research, I started preparing what I’m going to say over the weekend (I’m going to have about 15 minutes to talk, then there will be a question and answer period after everyone has said their thing). While it’s shaping up, I’ll probably be mainly working on preparing that all week now – wish me luck!
Wow, I can’t believe it’s February already! Where did January go??? And where did the week go?
Well, a lot of the week went towards thinking about the book. I ended up agreeing to write another chapter for it; that ended up only needing to be a sidebar in another chapter that’s already written, so that worked out. 🙂 In terms of editing, me and one of the authors went back and forth over a chapter; I think it’s in pretty good shape now!
Then yesterday was another podcast recording day. This one was only me and the lady who is recording everything (Lisa); almost all of the scenes between our two characters are done now (we’re missing one where we need another voice). Plus all of my character’s monologues are done too! That means next week the whole group of us will be getting together to do some of the scenes with all the characters. I’m pretty excited for that! 🙂
Last week I also said I was going to go back to trying to plan out my productivity like I used to in the fall. I put just a couple of things into my plan for the week (mostly book editing) and managed to get most of them done, so that was a win. Thankfully I only put those few things in – I feel like I’ve been waaay too busy over the last month; if I’d put any more in I’d be overwhelmed for sure! So I’ll have to continue with only putting a few things in per week right now until I feel like I have a little more space to breathe.
So that’s been my week. How was yours?
I’m not going to lie, but I’m a bit proud of myself: last night I managed to finish the edits on another chapter for the book I’m contracted to edit. This won’t be the last edits for that chapter – it’s going to need some back and forth between me and the author. But that’s okay – we’re making progress! 🙂
Other than that, not a whole lot else is new. I went cross country skiing over the weekend (my mom and I skied almost 10 km on Sunday!) Outside of the skiing though, I feel like I’ve been spending way too much time on Youtube lately. So I think to hopefully help combat that, I’m going to start making weekly productivity plans again (as seen in my Hello 2020! post). I fell away from that method due to the book editing in the fall (because I never knew what I’d be doing for the book in a given week). But at this point I’m mostly waiting for the authors to get stuff back to me, so this seems like a good time to start planning once again. I’m thinking I just won’t plan *too* much in any given week so I have the flexibility to jump back to the book editing as it comes up.
So how’s everything going for you? Having a productive 2020 so far?
Alright, so the holidays are over! Time to go back to regular life. Now I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find getting back into a routine to be a bit of a struggle. So I’ve been quite proud of myself, that I’ve managed to fit in some editing over the last week. I was able to send one chapter back to its author, and now I’m working on another one.
Other than that, I was also really glad to get some stuff done around the house. I cleaned up my Christmas decorations (as well as my kitchen in general). It’s always a bit sad to put all the decorations away, but now my place (especially my kitchen table, which doubles as my desk) feels a lot less chaotic; hopefully that will also help me get a bit more work done!
Hopefully this week will be even more productive. 🙂
I’m so excited – I finished the first rounds of edits on one of the book chapters last night! This particular chapter has taken almost 20 hours of work to get through, which was crazy (the next biggest time commitment chapter took just over 10). Part of that was my fault – I did some research to fill out the chapter and make it more readable (it dealt with things that I knew the answers to, or at least where to find the answers). But now that it’s done, I’m feeling pretty on top of things; it’s now up to the authors to review my suggested edits. 🙂
How’s your week been? Up to anything exciting? 🙂
Once again, not a whole lot to report today. I’ve been hard at work editing the book, especially over the last few days.
Oh, but in sad news, I almost accidentally killed my lucky bamboo plant! 😦
I went to change the water on Sunday and found the stem yellowing on one side! It was totally my fault too. Someone awhile ago mentioned that the zero water system, which is the filter that I bought for my plants, isn’t good for humans because it takes everything out of the water. I have no idea if this is actually true or not, but I started worrying about my plants after hearing that. I also noticed that my bamboo was starting to yellow a bit more recently; blaming the zero water, I put a bunch of fertilizer directly into the vase. After I discovered the stem yellowing, a quick search online told me that you need to fertilize bamboo very sparingly or else this happens. 😦
I don’t know if the plant will survive or not, but I’m going to try to save it. Supposedly you can cut the yellowed stem off and lucky bamboo will reroot itself in water. So that’s what I’m trying to do. Hopefully I caught it early enough that the top part of the stem is actually okay. So this is what my bamboo looks like now (on right).
I cut a lot of the stem off, and put the plant in a much smaller mason jar with some filtered water (no fertilizer!) I guess we’ll see what happens. 😦
So how’s your week been? 🙂
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Happy Tuesday everyone! Sorry I missed posting last week – not that there was much to report. I did more work on the book editing contract, and watched a few of the Disney remakes with friends and family. Then I got sick over this weekend and spent a lot of time resting; I also watched a few movies on my own (which I very rarely do) because I was having a hard time concentrating. But I’m feeling better now, and should be getting back to editing this weekend!
I also went to a Giller bash last night with my mom and brother. I was super fun (thank goodness I was feeling up to attending!) and we’re planning to attend againg next year. 🙂
Oh, and I almost forgot – I submitted the Make Your Way story! I’ll let you know when I hear back from them (they said it may take a fair bit of time).
So how’s everything going for you? Have you had a good couple of weeks? Working on anything exciting? 🙂
Hey everyone, how’s the week been? Did you have a good Halloween? 🙂
Last week was mainly spent on editing the book. I finished editing a third chapter and sent it to its author. Then the first chapter came back to me, so I spent the weekend working on that (just finished those edits yesterday).
Once that was finished, I found myself with some unexpected extra time. After reading some of The Wealthy Renter (which I picked up over the weekend – very excited to read it!), I turned my attention back to the Make Your Way story. I’ve been wanting to go over the character’s dialogue for over a month now, but haven’t had the time (or energy to be editing more in the middle of book edits). Going over the dialogue actually led me to a bit more worldbuilding for City of the Dead – I got stuck wondering what someone would say rather than “thank goodness.” “Thank goodness” didn’t sound right to me, coming from someone living in that particular world. What immediately came to mind was “thank the gods,” but I hadn’t actually thought about whether or not people living in the City worship gods. But they do keep altars for the dead, so I settled on “thank the ancestors” as what would probably be said in that case.
I did the initial edits to the story using the Game Book Authoring Tool (GBAT) file, but in the end decided to randomize all the sections and just start working off of a rich text format document instead (which is easier to search through). I went through all 73 sections looking at dialogue; I’m not sure how well I succeeded in differentiating the characters….but there are some definite subtle differences in how they speak. One character uses really long words and no contractions (assuming I got rid of them all properly) because she’s a lady who is extremely bookish/studious. Another character uses more formal words, but they’re tempered with contractions because she is exhausted (and has more real world experience than her studious twin). The minor soldier characters don’t use big words (again, assuming I successfully caught all of their dialogue). The only character’s speech that hasn’t been changed is the avatar/player character. I made that character purposely vague because they are the “you” in typical choose your own adventure-style books. For that reason, I wasn’t really planning on giving them a specific style of speech, especially since the player has the choice between playing a smarter character or a stronger character (and I was not going to give different versions of dialogue depending on that choice! The story would have ballooned to double the length it is now!!)
Depending on how the rest of the week goes with the book edits, I’m hoping to go over the Make Your Way story a few more times (or at least once more really in depth); after that, I’d really like to submit it! Wish me luck!!! 🙂